Thai students in the UK – embassy knows best
- Created: Wednesday, 08 January 2014 10:50
Melanie Butler investigates the country’s secret to picking great language centres in Britain and keeping its students happy
The Royal Thai Government Office of Educational Affairs (OEA) has been looking after Thai students studying abroad for over a hundred years, and its expertise is second to none. The legendary Julia Plaistowe, senior adviser to the UK (OEA) team based at the Thai embassy in London, has decades of experience and unerring skill at picking great language centres.
Take, for example, the EL Gazette’s Centres of Excellence – the ranking of the top 10 per cent of language centres based on the British Council inspectors’ publishable statements. The Thai team began working with many of these centres years before the Gazette put together the rankings, and indeed before the British Council published the statements at all.
Asked the secret to picking a good school, Julia told the Gazette, ‘Look for a school that takes a genuine interest in